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What is your daily commitment?

Commitment. The word brings about all sorts of responses, from fuzzy warm feelings to sweat-inducing panic.  Yet a daily commitment — call it routine, practice, a treat, self care, or just “me time” — is instrumental to productivity, creativity, confidence, and wellbeing. This regular practice doesn’t need to be elaborate or time consuming.  Roll out your yoga mat at home or take a walk around the block. The most important aspect of this is the commitment.  A daily reminder that when everything around you is swirling, floating, and mad there is something you can draw upon within yourself that is…

Why friendship and community at work is important for everyone.

Ever feel disconnected or completely alone on the job?  Interested in building bridges and establishing healthy, fulfilling professional relationships?  More than likely, you have a bright, diverse community right outside of your personal office space.  Perhaps it’s time to reach out and discover the beauty, delight, talent, and knowledge in others. First things first: I’m…

On the edge of burnout? Here’s how to avoid going over

When Arianna Huffington collapsed at her desk and woke up in a pool of blood with a broken cheekbone and an eye that needed four stitches, the gig was up.  Sleep deprivation and exhaustion, two common signs of burnout, had caused her to crash face first into her desk.  It was an extreme wake up…

FEAR – false expectations appearing real

When I was in college I spent a summer interning at a non-profit.  One of the therapists, Lisa, soon became a mentor to me.  She met her clients where they were, even if it was dangerous.  Sometimes that was in a trap house.  Other times, she spoke with patients while they were out of their…

5 strategies to burst through the 4pm flop

You’ve powered through your day.  You’ve sent emails, made phone calls, and written reports.  You only have one more work hour left in your day, two at the most. And then it hits. At 3:55pm, all of a sudden, you slide down in your chair, yawn, and realise you’ve been staring out the window for…

Break the harmful addiction to being busy

Do you often feel the need to be doing something, something productive?  You wrestle with the urge to jam-pack your schedule.  You may feel overwhelmed about having too much to do, but when you do get some downtime it actually makes you feel uncomfortable.  If this sounds familiar, you could be addicted to busyness. And…

6 ways to be a bold and brave business leader

The accomplishments of ladies such as Oprah Winfrey, Rosa Parks, Coco Chanel, Marie Curie, Wangari Maathai, and Malala Yousafzai are truly amazing.  Upon closer examination though, it is their boldness that brings people ecstatically to their feet, time and time again. “Fortune favors the bold,” said Roman poet, Virgil and “Life shrinks or expands in proportion…

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